Energy Transfer Partners Removes “Hired Mercenaries” From Pipeline Site

Energy Transfer Partners

Energy Transfer Partners spokesperson: “We continue to have security measures in place in North Dakota, just no longer need boots on the ground.”

Source: Company Behind DAPL Removes Private Security Firm From Site

Energy Transfer Partners Removes “Hired Mercenaries” From Pipeline Site


Energy Transfer Partners, the company responsible for building the Dakota Access Pipeline, announced that it is removing the “security firm” (a.k.a. hired mercenaries) from the pipeline site. TigerSwan, as I’ve reported previously, had been accused of not operating legally as security for The Dakota Access Pipeline. The security firm was exposed as not having the proper permits to operate within the state of North Dakota, something that Energy Transfer Partners was probably well aware of when they first hired TigerSwan, despite their denials to the contrary.

At the time when I first heard that Energy Transfer Partners had hired a private “security firm”, which are basically modern-day versions of mercenaries or hired guns, I was appalled. To think that a corporation like Energy Transfer Partners felt that they needed a “security firm” to put down peaceful protesters like the Water Protectors struck me as being a gross overreaction to people who wanted nothing more than protecting their sovereign rights to the land and religious beliefs. When I thought about TigerSwan being deployed here, I could not help but have visions of the infamous Blackwater, the US government “contractors” that lost their cool in the streets of Baghdad and opened fire on innocent commuters at an intersection.

In their statement, announcing that TigerSwan was no longer being contracted. Energy Transfer Partners used the offensive term “boots on the ground” in their announcement of TigerSwan’s departure from the scene of the pipeline. “Boots on the ground”? Where does Energy Transfer Partners get off treating peaceful protesters like some sort of threats, wherein reality they were merely Native Americans protecting their tribal sovereignty. What an insulting way to refer to some of the bravest people in this country!


Author: Blane Beckwith

I was born on December 22, 1955, in a small Pennsylvania town named Corry. I was raised in Bear Lake, Pennsylvania.

I graduated from Corry Area High School in 1973. After that, I attended Edinboro State College from 1977-79.

I moved to Berkeley, California in 1980, in search of an independent life. In 2006, I graduated from Berkeley city College with two degrees, one in English and the other in Liberal Arts.

I have been active in the disability rights movement for well over 20 years.